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Walker Spotlight


Welcome to the Walker Spotlight!  Each month this page will highlight incredible walkers and fundraisers from across Canada. 

This month, learn more about why these walkers are making CF history!

Check out their stories below. To be featured in an upcoming Walker Spotlight, please email us at walk@cysticfibrosis.ca

Lucas filipchuk

Walking in Winnipeg

My biggest inspiration for fundraising for cystic fibrosis is my little brother Wyatt. I want to help Wyatt and other people with cystic fibrosis to have a healthy life and fundraising helps me to feel like I am making a difference. I fundraise by doing lemonade stands every summer, and by sharing our story with friends, family, and people at my school. Wyatt inspires me to fight for a cure because he doesn’t let CF stop him from doing anything in his life.  Fundraising brings the people in my life closer together as we all work hard to try to make CF stand for Cure Found.

 

 
shannon costanzo

Walking in Milton

My name is Shannon Costanzo and I am a Mom to a CF warrior.  When I found out I was expecting Kaitlyn I was overcome with joy as just months earlier I had laid my first son to rest.  Kaitlyns arrival brought so much love back into my heart.  At 9 days old Kaitlyn was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis and I spent many sleepless nights unsure of what the future would bring. I felt helpless until I attended our first walk when Kaitlyn was just 10 months old.  From that day on I knew I had to join the fight.  We participated as Team Kaitlyn every year and since 2016 I have been coordinating the walk in Milton, Ontario.  Walking with hundreds of walkers, all with the same goal, to give our children and loved ones with CF more tomorrows is the most rewarding and emotional experience in my life! I want to inspire everyone in my community to join me in the fight against CF, Kaitlyn is my inspiration every day.  

 Lee ann Broszczakowski

Walking in Toronto

My inspiration for why I walk is my 3 1/2 year old daughter Reese who was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis through the newborn screening at 3 weeks old. Although the reason I started walking was for Reese, I now also walk for all those affected in some way by CF. I walk to help raise money to find a cure for CF. I walk to show support for everyone who has had their lives impacted in some way by CF. I walk to raise awareness about CF, a disease which I knew very little about until Reese’s diagnosis.  I walk and our team walks to show Reese that we are fighting for her, we support her, we are rallying for her and we love her. Those are the reasons why I am inspired to walk, and those are the reasons why I will continue to walk.  We will continue to walk until we make Cystic Fibrosis history!

Cori-Anne Neuman

Walking all over Canada!

Since my daughter Kylie (From Edmonton AB) was diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis in 2014 at age 16 we have been participating in CF Walks. Kylie is the first to be diagnosed with CF in our family history and it was a shocker to learn about how many different mutations the fatal disease has. To make the battle more enjoyable we have decided to travel from city to city attending a different walk every year as the CF Fight Club (our team name). Meeting new people in new places puts a huge smile on Kylie’s face and we meet new CF fighters that shed some light by sharing their journey with us. This year the CF Fight Club will be walking in Halifax Nova Scotia!  Hope to see you at the walk! 

 
Josh allen

Walking in Yarmouth 

I have no real direct connection to CF but I went to school with 2 young ladies that passed away during middle school; Ashley Rosie and Anita Sauliner. Anita’s brother also has CF and spina bifida. His name is Ryan and him and I run our own fundraising event every year on the night before the big walk for around 150 people and consists of a live auction, 50/50 draw, and different acts. We have raised over $20,000 in our 5 years of doing this. I take part in about 5-10 fundraisers each year for all kinds of different organizations mainly to show people the joy of helping others.  Also this year I was lucky enough to have Jason Baxter (CTV NEWS ) as a co-host for our event which made us feel very proud to do what we are doing . Ryan and I look forward to hosting this event for many years to come to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis Canada!